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TW Ervin II

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  • Icefall: A Dane Maddock Adventure, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Wood
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    When the bones of the Magi are stolen from their resting place in a German cathedral, the whispered words of a dying priest catapult Dane Maddock and Bones Bonebrake into the midst of a deadly race to solve a centuries-old conspiracy. Danger lurks at every turn and no one knows where the clues will lead...or what they will uncover. From ancient cathedrals to hidden temples to icy mountain peaks, Dane and Bones must outrun and outwit their enemies in the thrilling adventure - Icefall.

    K. Allenby says: "A great mystery"
    "Fast-Paced Action Mixed with a Mystery"
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    Would you listen to Icefall again? Why?

    Yes. A fun story that kept my attention and maybe catch a few things I might've missed the first time through.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I wanted to see where Dane and Bones would end up next.


    What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

    Good pace with clear wording. Dialogue sounded like a conversation or discussion should.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not an extreme reaction other than I enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    Bones's sister (Angelica) added an additional dimension to the story. combined with Jade's participation added fun banter, and tension that allowed for a better mystery to be built up and resolved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (101)

    A masterful biography of the U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operations during World War II, Citizen Soldiers provides a compelling account of the extraordinary stories of ordinary men in their fight for democracy. From the high command on down to the enlisted men, Stephen E. Ambrose draws on hundreds of interviews and oral histories from men on both sides who were there.

    Jeremy says: "Required reading, excellent narration"
    "History brought to life via soldier stories"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, especially if they had an interest in WW II.


    What does George Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice varied enough to make the soldiers being discussed or 'talking/telling their story' stand apart.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the listen. Although I suspect each listener will come away with specific remembered parts, overall the gritty nature of war and the struggles faced by soldiers on both sides is well portrayed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Circus of the Damned: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (418)

    In Circus of the Damned, a rogue master vampire hits town, and Anita gets caught in the middle of an undead turf war.

    Jeanette says: "Vampires, Werewolves and Snake gods...oh my"
    "A lot of action with interesting twists"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a solid action-packed novel, without with a minimal dose of sexual content, especially compared to works as the series continued.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interaction between Anita and Edward.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my favorite of the Anita Blake novels. I stopped reading/listening after the 7th, as the content moved away from action and far more toward sexual content that I have no interest for. What can be easily skipped over in text is far more difficult in the audio format. Just not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What's So Great About Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dinesh D'Souza
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (70)

    Is Christianity obsolete? Can an intelligent, educated person really believe the Bible? Or do the atheists have it right? In his new book, best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza (What's So Great about America) investigates both Christianity and atheism and their influences on culture to show why there is, indeed, something great about Christianity.

    Jim says: "Well done!"
    "Solid content and logic focused"
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    What did you love best about What's So Great About Christianity?

    I enjoyed the broad variety of topics covered, especially the historical discussions.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. The content was such that it inspired you to think and ponder what the author said or asserted.


    Any additional comments?

    A worthwhile read for those of strong faith, those who are questioning their faith and even those who are not of any faith but are curious and would listen with an open mind, to be convinced or not convinced--not through Scripture, but through logic and what noted atheists have to say on the various topics discussed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1263)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (930)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "Fictionalized "How to" but still a good listen"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Patriots in three words, what would they be?

    Gritty
    Survivalist
    Firearms


    Any additional comments?

    The novel is written almost as a "How to" survive a collapse, with frequent instances of narrative on how to do something, what equipment or firearms were selected and why, etc. While informative, it slowed down the story. But I guess inclusion was part of the author's purpose. So a blend of non-fiction and fictional application.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlaws

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By William Weldy
    • Narrated By Joshua Mackey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Ex-cop Josh Grant chooses to live as a recluse in the mountains of Idaho as penance for failing to protect his murdered wife and child in Detroit. His new serenity is shattered when he stumbles onto the murder of his only friend and an assault of his friend's daughter, Jolene. By saving Jolene, Josh angers the Outlaws, a gang of vicious bikers. When they seek revenge, Josh must draw on old skills to keep he and Jolene alive.

    MR says: "a ride in yesterday"
    "Great "Modern Western" with a bit of Romance"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I'd recommend Outlaws to a friend (actually I have).

    It's a good story, with likable characters--and dislikeable for the gang members. Plenty of action and build up to a good climax.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Josh, the retired cop, and the rural setting.


    What about Joshua Mackey’s performance did you like?

    He was consistent and had good pacing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, no extreme reactions. Made me smirk and chuckle a few times but no all out laughter.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd say, listen to the sample and read the description. If any part of them catch even a little bit of your interest, you'll really enjoy the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quest: A Dane Maddock Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Wood
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Dane Maddock is back. Deep in the Amazon, a university group encounters a horror beyond their darkest nightmares and vanishes without a trace. Called upon to undertake a daring rescue mission, Dane and Bones must trace the true path of Percy Fawcett's final expedition, but the secret that lies at the end of the search might be even deadlier than the enemies who seek it. From the streets of London, to remote islands in the Atlantic, to the deadly jungles of the Amazon, Dane and Bones must penetrate a secret lost to history, on their deadliest Quest.

    Michael says: "Mountaineering Mystery"
    "A fast, fun adventure right up to the end"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Quest: A Dane Maddock Adventure in three words, what would they be?

    Rugged
    Intriguing
    Action


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought it was neat that Doyle's The Lost World was part of the clue pattern, but I enjoyed most how the story progressed, building upon clues and findings that led to the lost city and its secrets.


    Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

    Dane Maddock--he (Kafer) has the attitude and tone right on target.


    Any additional comments?

    Very much worth the listen.

    It'd be okay to pick this one up even if you've not listened to any of the previous novels in the series. Even though references are made to previous adventures, they're not vital to know and are easily followed/understood within the context of the current novel (Quest), so it stands alone well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon: Vlad Taltos, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Steven Brust
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (54)

    Marching through mud just isn't as much fun as they say. After years of surviving in Adrilankha by practicing the trade I know best - killing people for a living - suddenly I'm in the last place any self-respecting assassin wants to be: the army. Worse, I'm right in the middle of a apocalyptic battle between two sorcerous armies, and everyone expects me to play a role they won't explain. All I've got between me and the worst kind of death is my wits. Oh, and a smart-mouthed winged lizard.

    TW Ervin II says: "Novel Much Better than the Audiobook"
    "Novel Much Better than the Audiobook"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    To those who I believe would enjoy Brust's Vlad Taltos series (those I've not already suggested it to), I might recommend the audiobook, but really I'd lean more to recommending the novel.Maybe after having read the novels in this series, the voices, tone and inflection used, just seemed off. This was most notable with Morrolan, and especially for Kragar. The droll, sort of stuffy voice just didn't seem to fit for the banter between them and Vlad. Everyone else worked okay, but these two important characters just didn't work, and detracted from the story for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragon?

    Vlad working to initially fit in with the veteran soldiers of his company.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bernard Setaro Clark?

    The narrator, Bernard Clark, is good, just not right--or didn't create the right voices--for this work--at least as I listened to it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I couldn't do better than the tag line on the back cover of Brust's novel:

    When the Dragonlord Morrolan hired me to guard a cache of sorcerous weapons, I never suspected I would end up in the thick of battle, where no self-respecting assassin ought to be--and worse, on the losing side. But that's what comes of consorting with Dragons...


    Any additional comments?

    Dragon is my favorite novel in the series. That's why I selected it to give a shot with the audiobook version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Guardian of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tony Daniel
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    For alien Commander Arid Ricimer, there was no going home. His species was winning the war with Earth, but the civilization he had fought for was gone, destroyed from within by ideologues and bureaucrats. So he does the only thing that makes sense to a person of integrity—he attempts to defect to Earth with his officers and an entire spaceship, a vessel that mounts a superweapon of almost unimaginable power.

    C. Hartmann says: "Wahhh--Hoooo!!! The real thing. . ."
    "Memorable Characters Coupled with a Solid Story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up Guardian of Night in three words, what would they be?

    Intrigue
    Twisty
    Conflict


    What did you like best about this story?

    I found the scene with Griff Leher, a quirky alien analyst, (my favorite character in the novel) when he found himself forced to step forward during the President’s war council if Earth would have any hope to survive the anticipated alien re-invasion to be the best in the novel. Captain Coalbridge stepping forward and offering bold support of Leher set the stage for the rest of the novel.


    What about Victor Bevine’s performance did you like?

    His pacing seemed on target.


    Any additional comments?

    A solid SF/Space Adventure novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Zombie-Driven Life: What in the Apocalypse Am I Here For?

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By David Wood
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    High school nobody Kenan is doing just fine in the midst of the zombie apocalypse, thank you very much, but when his dream girl Katy comes stumbling around the corner, she turns his world upside-down. David Wood's first foray into young adult fiction is an action-packed horror tale laced with dark humor and even darker thrills.

    K. Allenby says: "A good short story"
    "Life's purpose/dark humor in a Zombie Apocalypse"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the perspective of Kenan. Cynical and and fatalistic while searching for the point of it all. He wasn't some super dude. Just a guy trying to survive and find his way.


    Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

    Chap was the character he (Kafer) did best. His voice for Kenan was decent but he did better with Chap.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There are both funny and sad parts, and as a listener I felt for Kenan in his struggles, triumphs and losses.


    Any additional comments?

    Originally I read the novel and really enjoyed it (as did my daughter). Decided to get an audiobook version and definately wasn't disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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